Working Displays

Your Open Window to the Past

The working displays at the Richard W. Erickson Foundation Antique & Classic Power Museum can only be seen during our annual Antique Power Show held the weekend after Father’s Day each year. This three-day event is one you don’t want to miss.

Many of these displays are hard to find west of the Mississippi.  This is a unique opportunity to participate in a living history museum right here in Utah.  The Antique & Classic Power Museum is a place where older generations share memories of their past with the younger generation, creating new memories to be shared with future generations. Watching these working displays will give you a sense of what life was like before computers and cell phones.

Our Belt Driven Sawmill, like the ones introduced in the United States in the early 1600’s, demonstrates how logs become timber planks.

Our Lath Mill will answer the question, “What is a lath?” Lath and plaster is a building process used to finish mainly interior dividing walls.  The narrow lath were nailed horizontally across the studs or ceiling joists and coated with plaster. This technique was used until the mid-1940’s.

Blacksmith Demonstration
Kids riding in micro train

Our Shingle Mill takes the raw timber and reduces it to a roofing grade shake or shingle.  Most roofs were covered in wood shingles until the invention of the asphalt shingle in the early 1900’s.

Hit & Miss Engines Henry Ford and the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur were some of the early builders of the hit & miss engine.  These engines were used to power pumps for cultivation, saws for cutting wood, farm equipment and even washing machines.  See this not-so-modern marvel in action at our Utah living history museum.

Enjoy old-fashioned hay baling and threshing or see a working blacksmith. Take a ride on our ¼ scale train. Adults and children alike will find the displays educational and memorable.

As Utah family activities go, the working displays at the Antique Power Show are sure to make an impression, so you will remember your visit long after you leave our grounds.

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The working displays at the Antique Power Museum are staffed by knowledgeable and passionate volunteers.